The Duke (Devil's Duke Series #3)

The Duke (Devil's Duke Series #3)

by Katharine Ashe

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One of Amazon's Best Romances of 2017!

“A romance that Kathleen Woodiwiss herself would be proud to have written.” -Booklist (starred)

Katharine Ashe continues her lush and sensual Devil’s Duke series with a sweeping story of unbreakable love

Six years ago, when Lady Amarantha Vale was an innocent in a foreign land and Gabriel Hume was a young naval officer, they met . . . and played with fire.

Now Gabriel is the dark lord known to society as the Devil’s Duke, a notorious recluse hidden away in a castle in the Highlands. Only Amarantha knows the truth about him, and she won’t be intimidated. He is the one man who can give her the answers she needs.

But Gabriel cannot let her learn his darkest secret. So begins a game of wit and desire that proves seduction is more satisfying—and much more wicked—the second time around…

“This is historical romance at its best.”

—All About Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062641724
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Devil's Duke Series , #3
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 528,821
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers WeeklyWomen’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit her website or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

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The Duke (Devil's Duke Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Amarantha Vale and Gabriel Hume met years before in Jamaica – she was engaged to marry and he was a naval officer. Despite the difference in circumstance and place – the two found a connection that neither could forget. Now years have passed, and Amarantha, now widowed is in search of her sister in law – a trek that carries her to Scotland, where she hears tales of the “Devil’s Duke” with a dark reputation that keeps people at bay. But, on learning the Duke’s name, Amarantha can’t make the two pieces of this puzzle connect – the Gabriel she knew with the man people claim he has become doesn’t mesh. And, discovering that he is still alive – the hurt and anger she felt at what she believed was his loss, and the steps her life took her through since that information came to her all create a firestorm. She must reunite with Gabriel – get answers to questions she’s had for all those years, and possibly find happiness. For his part: Gabriel is content to let tales of his ‘dangerous nature’ take hold – he’s nothing like that as a kindly and caring man – interested only in keeping his people safe and his secret hidden. He’s never forgotten Amarantha – but can’t believe that her life didn’t follow the path set before her, including forgetting him. He’s never quite let go of that yearning though – and when the two actually do face one another, his kindness and obvious affection for her makes him a wonderful hero. And with this sweeping romance – as he tries to ignore Amarantha’s rather dismissive and quick to anger temperament, her character is difficult in her often mercurial (and not so nice) reactions when her plans or views of the world are challenged. I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of hers, even the multiple opportunities to watch her interactions with the multitude of secondary characters were up and down for me – some good, some not so. But, to his credit – Gabriel’s affections and even his honest and open reveal of the secret that had a big hand in separating them years before are honorable – and his worry that she’s hardened her opinions of men and marriage so much as to shut her out won’t work in his favor. For Amarantha loves her rather sweeping proclamations of her decided opinions. And I often wished she didn’t. But, this story has all of the appeal and ‘long lost love’ sighs that will appeal to most readers – with only moments of confusion arriving with the many secondary characters – making this a story best read in series order. I love Katharine Ashe’s ability to make her heroines stand from a feminist perspective – one that is often more modern in thought and custom than the era – but never shying away from showing that even the determined and self-defining Amarantha isn’t always one who is easy to get on with, reasoned or even reasonable as her story unfolds. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review; all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Duke by Katharine Ashe Book Three of the Devil's Duke series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: September 26, 2017 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): Six years ago, when Lady Amarantha Vale was an innocent in a foreign land and Gabriel Hume was a young naval officer, they met . . . and played with fire. Now Gabriel is the dark lord known to society as the Devil’s Duke, a notorious recluse hidden away in a castle in the Highlands. Only Amarantha knows the truth about him, and she won’t be intimidated. He is the one man who can give her the answers she needs. But Gabriel cannot let her learn his darkest secret. So begins a game of wit and desire that proves seduction is more satisfying—and much more wicked—the second time around… What I Liked: It pains me, to give this book a poor rating. But it also pains me that this book, with all of its feminist themes, contains such a horrible female protagonist who so poorly represents feminism. Amarantha loves to be her own woman - no one commands her anymore - and yet she treats Gabriel with such utter disrespect. It's sickening, especially since this book is written by an author who typically does such a good job in writing feminist historical romance novels. This book is divided into two sections. The first third or so is set in 1817, when Amarantha and Gabriel first meet, in Jamaica. This part of the story shows them falling in love, through simple interactions. Amarantha has come to Jamaica with her fiance, a pastor, who is from England and is doing missionary work on the island. Gabriel is a naval officer whose ship is docked in Jamaica, and so he is volunteering his services to the people of the island in the meantime. Amarantha never meant to fall for this man, but she did. He asks her to wait for him, to marry him when he comes back. Except he doesn't come back, and Amarantha receives a letter from his cousin that Gabriel has died. She marries the pastor four days later. Months later, she finds out that Gabriel never died. Six years later, Amarantha is widowed and on her way to Scotland to look for a friend from Jamaica who fled to Scotland. There, Amarantha hears about the Devil's Duke, who turns out to be none other than Gabriel Hume, Duke of Loch Irvine. But he is no devil, and even though Amarantha has sworn never to trust a man again, she finds herself falling all over again for the same man who broke her heart. The literal only good thing about this book, the only part that is redeeming the book for me, is the hero. Gabriel is a saint. When he and Amarantha first meet and fall in love, Gabriel's character shines. He never touches her, he never seduces her, he never says or does anything untoward. And yet he is direct and charming, and also sweet and compassionate. Six years later, Gabriel is even more selfless and kind, and fiercely protective. Gabriel is such a sweetheart, and he deserved a hundred times better than Amarantha. Let me tell you all about Amarantha. What I Did Not Like: Y'all, there is a trend in historical romance that I have begun to hate with a passion. Let me preface by saying that as a twenty-two-year-old educated independent feminist woman, I am 1000000% all for strong independent women who take charge of their lives. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book required alot of page turning to escape unread pages. The middle dragged me down a boring hole. The ending was meh.
RWBrock More than 1 year ago
Overall I really liked this one! ❤️ PROS: sweeping epic "old-school" type of grand adventure; various locales; steamy love scenes; endearing hero. CONS: a bit convoluted with changing timeline (first half); heroine could be a bit annoying; perhaps a little too lengthy. I enjoyed watching the maturity growth of both main characters over the six-year time span. And it was refreshing to have a hero who saw and loved the heroine for who she essentially was (especially as she was wrestling with trust issues). On his part at least, it was truly love at first sight. Favorite takeaway: the character/honor and amazingly strong devoted love of Gabriel...what a guy. *sigh* I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cathy_Rackowski More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful *swoon* worthy Historical Romance. What a wonderful story and so beautifully told! Two people come together at the wrong time and need to move forward to find the love that is waiting for them to share. This has got to be one of the most romantic books I've read in years. This author is right up there with the greats for me, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balough, Johanna Lindsey ,Victoria Holt and more. I'll give you one passage and challenge you to not feel the romance , you'll find it's impossible to not be moved by this language. "His palm cupped her cheek and her breaths stopped. His hand was so large, so strong, yet it held her gently..............He touched her there, on her lip, stroking,barely a caress. It tore the air from her lungs.She struggled for more air, with a gasp then with a long sigh. He caressed again and she was liquid, fire. Her heavy eyelids closed and she felt him everywhere, across her lips and in the deep core of her where she ached so fiercely now. She wanted him to touch her and touch her and never cease. "Wait for me." she heard him whisper. "Dinna marry him." The raw heat of his words came against her brow. "Wait for me." Her throat had closed entirely. She nodded. Abruptly he released her...... She opened her eyes and she was alone. " That partial passage should beg for you to want to know more, hear more, feel more. Believe me when I say you will not be disappointed with this book, it's a romance story that is not to be missed. Enjoy!~
def618 More than 1 year ago
This, in my opinion, is the best book Katharine Ashe has written and she has written some very good ones. We met Gabriel Hume, Duke of Loch Irvine, in the previous 2 books of this series, “The Rogue” and “The Earl”. Those glimpses didn’t begin to scratch the surface of the man you’ll come to know in “The Duke”. Before Gabriel inherited his title, he was a Lieutenant in His Majesty’s navy. In Jamaica, he meets Amy Vale while taking shelter in a storage cellar during a hurricane and is attracted to her. Lady Amarantha Vale has fallen in love with a mere preacher, Mr. Paul Garland, and has followed him, with a chaperone, to Jamaica. After the storm, she spends time helping the doctor with the injured. She gets to know both Paul and Gabriel. Gabriel sets sail and asks her to wait for him to return. She decides not to marry Paul, but reconsiders when Gabriel’s cousin tells her he died at sea. Later, Amy learns Gabriel survived the storm and believes he lied to her. Now widowed, Amy sails to Scotland to look for her missing friend, Penelope Baker. Penny’s trail leads to Castle Kallin, Gabriel’s highland estate. She also learns he is now a Duke. Finding the gates locked, she spies Gabriel repairing the roof but he does not acknowledge her. Determined to find Penny, she returns to Edinburgh and then to Haiknayes Castle as his guest. Gabriel has secrets and problems of his own to deal with. He still loves Amy and desires to keep her safe. There are several very interesting story lines going on at this point. I will not go into detail as I refuse to spoil a very good complex plot. I like Amy very much but Gabriel stole my heart. He is one of my very favorite heroes and I think you’ll be surprised by him. I hope you will try this wonderful book. This book can be read on its own, but is part of a series.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Never have I come across a tale as complex as The Duke. Ms. Ashe has created a thinker's romance filled with labyrinths and heart-stopping emotion. A puzzle waiting to be solved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt get past the part where she first met Gabriel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy all her Books in this series. Entertaining reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! It was a long story, but well worth my time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise was good. I liked all the characters, but there was a lot to get through to get to the meat of the story. I felt like it dragged at points due to alternate episodes with secondary characters/story lines. It is worth reading, but just be prepared to turn a few pages if you want to focus on the two main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Katharine Ashe is not for everyone. Her writing style is reminiscent of classical writers. The "slow" middle is a build up for the complicated ending, well plotted and researched but sometimes confusing. I love this type of well-educated creativity. Again, she's not for everyone but a year is too long to wait for her next book!
MistyRose24 More than 1 year ago
"The Duke" is the 3 full length novel in the Devil's Duke series and did it have some good content. I absolutely love K. Ashe sheds light on issues most don't even acknowledge; in this case, she brings to light slavery in the Caribbean during the Victoria Era. I love stories where unexpected circumstances create the meeting of the main characters, in this case, a hurricane. It creates a tension between the characters that is weaved throughout the novel creating for some steamy scenes. I enjoyed discovering the secrecy from the first 3 books in the series (which include "The Rogue", "The Earl", and the novella, "The Pirate and I"). It was a fast read for me as I have read all the previous novels and was very intrigued to discover what this mystery was. The novel is really good and builds off the first three books. My favorite book is still " I married the Duke" by Katharine Ashe but this one had quite the adventure and many moving parts to keep you interested as well as intrigued about the secrecy of the Duke (not to mention the gorgeous cover design). I highly recommend this one to read; the entire series is great.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook from the author. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I am a huge fan of Katharine Ashe's novels. I started this book with high expectations, and I am happy to say that The Duke did not disappoint--this is a great read! As always, the characters are developed with great sensitivity and care so that by the end of the first few chapters, they feel like personal friends, so I truly cared about what happened to them and felt invested in the events of the book as they unfolded. While many of the people in the book make appearances in earlier installments in the series, this book can easily be read as a standalone novel. (That said, I encourage everyone to read all the books in the series--they are all delightful!) But as strong, compelling, flawed and human as the characters are, what really makes this book work is the plot. The author does a fantastic job of combining romance, strife, drama, racial and social injustice and historical events into a whirlwind that kept me reading long into the night because I just couldn't put the book down. This book is a great read that fans of historical fiction will devour with great relish!
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This story is THE DUKE, a DEVIL'S DUKE NOVEL #3 and is written by Katharine Ashe. It is Gabriel's awaited story. This is the story of Amarantha Vale and Gabriel Hume. Gabriel has always wanted to travel and have uncomplicated life at sea. He becomes a young naval officer. 6 years ago, his path crossed with a young innocent lady in Jamaica. They are both attracted to the each other. Amarantha has always been determined to marry for love. She had followed the minister she was to marry to Jamaica. Problem is, she can't stop thinking about Gabriel after she meets him. When Gabriel leaves on another mission, he finds trouble at sea. Amarantha is told he has perished, so she goes ahead with her plan to marry her intended. 5 years into her marriage, her husband dies. After his older brother dies, Gabriel goes back to England to become the Duke. He wants to avoid society and he becomes a recluse by hiding out in Scotland, hidden away in a castle in the Highlands.. After Amarantha's sister in law leaves Jamaica to find her lost love in Scotland, she disappears. Amarantha travels to find out what happened to her in Scotland. Amarantha finds out there that Gabriel hasn't died, but there are accusations that Gabriel has kidnapped girls in the area. As women keep disappearing, society starts calling him the Devil's Duke. They think he is the one to blame, the dark lord. Amarantha knows the truth about Gabriel, and she won’t be intimidated by him. She needs answers and he is the only man who can give them to her. Gabriel feels he cannot let Amarantha know his darkest secret. A game of wit and desire begins. Will they find what they desire the second time around? Will it be more pleasing and roguish the second time around? Will she discover his darkest secret? What has happened to her sister in law? Is he responsible for kidnapping her and the other women? I loved their story. I like how they found love, lost love, and then have a chance to find it again. I am fully pleased with how their story evolved and developed.
janeeyre01 More than 1 year ago
True love, adventure, suspense. romance, a little bit of everything. Thought provoking
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
From the age of eight, Lady Amarantha Vale knew she would marry for love. At first, it’s not what happened and her sense of adventure took her to Jamaica with her betrothed, Reverend Paul Garland. Mere days after her arrival, a hurricane hit the island, she took refuge in a cellar where she met the man who would own her heart… THE DUKE is the long-awaited story of the Devil’s Duke, Gabriel Hume as we finally get to know the man who struck fear in the hearts of his countrymen. He was actually quite different than what I expected, from his brief appearances in the previous books, and alas, there were few glimpses of the dark, dangerous, and mysterious eccentric he appeared to be, apart from the gossip. I always find Katharine Ashe’s books extremely difficult to review, so enrapt do I become in her otherworldly prose, her extraordinarily vibrant descriptions, and her unforgettable characters. Ms. Ashe’s incomparable talent in setting the mood, in conveying feelings and emotions, and nearly provoking cases of the vapours in modern readers with sentences such as these: “She smelled like a memory”… THE DUKE is a very intricate story, where several characters’ lives intertwine, and Amarantha and Gabriel’s passion smoulders over years and oceans. It does indeed take them what seems like “a desert of years” to truly reunite. The inclusion of abolitionism was brilliant, and in fact, I was utterly captivated with everything in the story that revolves around that theme, even more so than the romance. I felt that a little episode towards the end was rather unnecessary, and its sole purpose seemed mostly to delay the inevitable, that is Amarantha and Gabriel’s happy ever after. On the other hand, the secondary characters are exquisitely drawn, and I am pleased that the extraordinary Libby Tate will have her own story next. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I give 3 ½ stars